In the News - 2011

Swerdfeger, Garcia in redrawn House district
Pueblo Chieftain - Dec 1, 2011

Redrawn legislative districts place both Democratic challenger Leroy Garcia and Republican incumbent state Rep. Keith Swerdfeger in the same Pueblo-based district.

Councilman Garcia announces run for House District 46
Pueblo Chieftain - Sep 16, 2011

As candidates are emerging for the 2012 elections, City Councilman Leroy Garcia has declared his candidacy for the state House District 46 seat currently held by State Rep. Sal Pace, the local Democrat who is now running for Congress. "Pueblo's delegation at the Legislature has been impressive and I don't want to see any vacuum in the leadership representing House District 46," Garcia said Thursday. 

Old Naval Reserve getting dressed up for Fair
Pueblo Chieftain - Aug 12, 2011

City Councilman Leroy Garcia is lobbying Gov. John Hickenlooper's office for state aid and State Reps. Sal Pace and Keith Swerdfeger are pushing for the same from their end of the state Capitol. [...] Garcia said that since the city has adopted a new property code of its own — largely with his push — it should be a priority to get the state-owned eyesores cleaned up, too.

Editorial: Clean up
Pueblo Chieftain - Jun 15, 2011

Pueblo City Council narrowly approved an ordinance on Monday night designed to more vigorously attack trash and blight in the city. The new ordinance is a modification of the International Property Maintenance Code championed by Councilman Leroy Garcia.

Council OKs code aimed at blight
Pueblo Chieftain - Jun 14, 2011

An ordinance that could allow Pueblo to clean up abandoned buildings, rentals and large commercial property passed Monday on a 4-3 City Council vote. [...] Garcia said the code change is needed because the city will pay more to tear down buildings and could save money at the beginning of the process.

Council to settle property code fight Monday
Pueblo Chieftain - Jun 11, 2011

Cleaning up rundown and often vacant properties around the city is an issue that Councilman Leroy Garcia has been pushing in the past year.

Vacant houses: Steady state of decline
Pueblo Chieftain - Jun 3, 2011

Pueblo City Council recently appropriated $35,000 to tear down a house at 1723 Eden Ave. after a process that took nearly five years. [...] “We have to be proactive, because the lot is only going to be worth $3,500 to $4,000,” Garcia said at the meeting. He said the code was a way to stave off blight by giving city officials the proper tools to enforce community standards.

Proposed ordinance would patch a hole in City Code
Pueblo Chieftain - Jun 2, 2011

Garcia said the ordinance would not be a government intrusion, but would provide standards for Pueblo properties and remove gray areas about whose job it is to enforce the codes. It also could lead to cleaning up more properties before they have to be demolished at city expense.

Op-Ed: Ordinance can help enforce code against trash, eyesores
Pueblo Chieftain - May 15, 2011

Cleaning up Pueblo is about protecting our citizens, promoting health and safety standards, protecting our property values and, finally, honoring a legacy of pride. Pueblo is a beautiful city. Together, we can keep it that way.